A reform-minded nurse on Monday joined a doctor and a lawyer seeking the Republican nomination for Georgia House District 123.
Lori Swim Greenhill made a name for herself last year speaking out on behalf of homeowners affected by construction of the River Watch Parkway extension into Columbia County.
“You’ve seen me with my feet on the ground, working and advocating for the community,” Greenhill said to a handful of supporters Monday. “I think that’s what being a representative of the people is all about, being there for the people.”
The Augusta native lives in Martinez in Columbia County but picked Augusta’s Friedman branch library for her campaign announcement.
Greenhill said picking the library was easy as she’s “a lover of learning,” as was the choice to run as a Republican in the GOP-leaning district.
“I’m more aligned with Republicans, but I’m very open-minded,” she said. “I listen to people and mull over what they have to say to reach the best solution.”
Evans attorney Wright McLeod and physician Mark Newton, who heads the emergency department at Doctors Hospital and owns a chain of urgent care clinics, are also pursuing the District 123 seat held by Rep. Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, who is retiring.
The T-shaped Martinez and west-Augusta area district spans a line of Columbia County precincts along the county line from Savannah Rapids Pavilion to Blanchard Park. In Richmond County, it includes precincts near the Warren Road, Tutt, Langford and Lake Forest Hills school districts and runs east as far as Baker Avenue.
There are presently no Democrats seeking the District 123 seat, but at least two Augusta incumbent Democrats are facing challengers May 24.
On Monday, Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta, announced his bid for a sixth term. During his announcement, he touted the successes of the sales-tax-funded Transportation Investment Act – which include the River Watch extension – and the newer Transportation Funding Act of 2015, which is expected to boost road maintenance.
Howard is opposed by retired Army veteran Gregory Hill, who announced his run Jan. 11 for the District 124 seat.
State Rep. Earnest Smith, D-Augusta, is facing a challenge by U.S. Postal Service retiree Sheila Clark Nelson for the District 125 House seat.